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Spent the weekend kiting there and everything accommodation related was great. Clean, spacious, well set up little cottage. The bad. Went to dinner one night, buffet was all that was offered which is a shame - usually the restaurant is excellent and actually worth the price. Not this time. The food was mediocre cafeteria quality at best, and the price was outrageous. 130 USD for two plates of rice, beans, and some chicken wings. No alcoholic drinks, no service, just the most expensive rice plate on the island. Is what it is. But I felt that the price of dinner buffet should have been mentioned before the meal and not been a surprise after.
We came to Carlisle Bay with high expectations. We took great care and much thought to choose Carlisle Bay. A large part of that decision was based on their website.I DEFINITELY made the right decision! Upon arrival, a bridge led us over a Koi pond surrounded by Bougainvilla and right into the Great House reception. The designers were successful at blending Caribbean soul with modern sleek. First impressions are everything & Carlisle Bay made a magnificent first impression. Warm welcoming reception. Think crisp White sheets, azure sea with Tropical , lush garden walkways. Perfection! You know it is a great resort when you cant decide to stay in the room, or go outside! We did stay long enough to play with the luxurious Cappuccino Machine! (Funny how special little things are exciting!) It was great to have that in our room. Fresh espresso or cappuccino as soon as you wake! Beach - Perfect. Kayaked on the smooth, clear rolling waters each morning. Sand that is meticulously groomed and soft, surrounded by the mountains. Montserrat mysteriously looming on the horizon of the bay. It was perfect. Not to mention the fresh fruit kabobs & cool drinks delivered on the beach with a smile! Cuisine - Wonderful. Romantic setting overlooking the beach. Open air, clean and crisp.Great menu selection. Presentation -very artistic. Service was lacking a bit, but very friendly (remember that you are on island time). Spa - Sleek, calming and very professional. The massage was wonderful, rates very reasonable. I will tell you the only bad thing that I can say about Carlisle Bay Resort is that the dining experience is ruined by the amt of children. I highly recommend Carlisle Bay Resort! I would go back in a minute!
We absolutely loved Galley Bay and the beachfront rooms. Stayed for tens days and still did not want to leave. We thought the food was very good and fell in love with their signature Galley Bay special drink. Was perfect setting for honeymoon as we wanted quiet romantic setting. The bugs on the beach were very annoying. We used an entire bottle of bug spray! It was just gnats but I would think fogging the areas would help.
This has to be one of the best resorts I've vacationed at. If you like seclusion and exceptional service, this is the place to go. Every cottage has a spectacular view of the bay. It is definitely on my list of places to visit again.
This is a perfect getaway for a couple or small group, in a beautiful setting. No kids, quiet but there is always life at the bar if you want it. Excellent food and drinks, particularly considering it is all inclusive - no buffets here, and you get what you pay for.
CoCobay was everything we hoped for-really just as their website shows, a quiet, romantic, vaction in a **beautiful** location. It is a truly unique botique hotel with beaches and views that are second to none. Defintitly recommend an OceanFRONT cottage with the air conditioning and private ''plunge pool.'' These cottages have the most privacy & best views. The all-inclusive menu was very good but small-ish portions. Do feel free to ask for more food, a second appetizer or entree, if still hugry though. Our requests were always honored happily & free of charge. (Tipping goes a long way!). Do bring an IPOD dock if you want any sound-we loved having our own music there especially since no TV's in the rooms. It is a very QUIET place-all couples. Also went to Jolly Harbour-closest grocery & stocked our mini fridge w/snacks, cokes, coronnas, vodka-the only free beer is tap & there really is no ''top shelf'' liquor. I was worried about the bugs since they were mentioned quite a bit in reviews I had read. Honestly-the only time I was bitten was by the bar at night-on my bare legs. I believe they were ''no-see-ems''-tiny small gnat bites-not a huge deal at all. Took the Waddadli catamaran circumnavigation of the island-it was beautiful & they pick you up right on your beach. Also the journey to Shirley Heights on Sunday is worth the trip but take the shuttle. It is a true ''white-knuckel'' drive. We were so fearful to drive back at night that we left before sunset-a shame. Also note: all driving here is very trecherous: pot holes, no signage & crazy local driving. Next time we would skip the rental car. Pool pretty but mostly shaded-we hit the beaches-which are awesome!! 3 separate beaches within sight!
The view is to DIE for and the food was fabulous! Needed more beach towels & chairs.
This is the perfect get-away for couples who want to get away from everything (TV, Internet, work, electronics). The food was Great and the staff gave us a fantastic and memorable honeymoon. I wouldn't say I didn't like anything, however I wish they had more choices for snacks throughout the day. Also more non-alcoholic beverage choices would have been nice. However, this is me knit-picking!!! It was a Great Experience
The staff was courteous and friendly. The hotel stall assisted me with all my concerns. This hotel is located on one the best scenery on the island. I will stay at the hotel in the future. To the owner of the Grand Royal Antigua Hotel, the hotel needs an upgrade, the activities and usage of the beach needs a facelift. The landscape needs constant pruning.